Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Disgruntled Chrysler employee fired after Internet post

For the past 10 years, Rob Diel worked as a contract information technology worker at Chrysler. Last week, he was fired for posting the email and phone number of Chrysler’s chief executive on the Internet.

In response to an article about Chrysler’s decision to outsource jobs, Diel posted the email and phone number in a readers’ comment section of the Detroit Free Press online.

"I guess he started getting e-mails. They didn't tell me how many," Diel said of the security personnel. "They just said his Blackberry lit up," Diel, told the Detroit Free Press.

His post encouraged people to boycott the company and send the chief executive an email to “tell him what a great job he’s doing.”

Diel made the post from his company computer during work hours and found the executive’s contact information on the internal company directory.

Every company has policies on how to handle situations when employees use company computers for personal reasons and on disclosing company information. In order to keep your job, most experts would advise keeping your personal business at home and privileged company information at work.

Using company computers for such activities as checking personal email or banking information and viewing questionable internet material has employees in trouble everyday.

But, do your employees know exactly what your company policy is?

Surely, it’s written in the company handbook, right where everyone has access to it. Unfortunately, that’s not enough.

Especially with Gen Y entering the workforce, who manage most of their personal business on the Internet, training on proper internet use at work is crucial. Managers, employees, contract workers and even the interns should know what is off limits.

In this particular case, Diel was not surprised by the firing, he was expecting to lose his job at the end of May. But, many times employees are caught off-guard when a manager approaches to discuss their internet use, mostly because they simply didn’t know.

Read the full story of Rob Deil and how Chrysler handled this case of personal Internet use on company computers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with the sentence "Using company computers for such activities as checking personal email or banking information gets employees in trouble everyday."
we spend more time at work than we do at home. being in the office from 8-5 doesn't leave us any other time to deal with banks and or other businesses that operate on the same hours.
I think that employees should be able to pay bills, check personal emails from time to time and take care of some personal business as needed without being affraid of being fired.
we are not robots, we are people with lives.
now, giving away your chief executive info on the internet is a big NO NO.

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